Faculty of Medicine, Department of Experimental Medical Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace 

The successful candidate will join the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, working within the Department of Experimental Medical Science. You will become a member of a collaborative and supportive working environment, with colleagues from various disciplines. Most research will be carried out at the Biomedical Centre (BMC) in central Lund, offering a vibrant scientific community. We embrace collaborations and you will be involved in collaborative projects with the University of Gothenburg and Copenhagen University and other international institutions.

At BMC you will become a member of a small but dynamic research team, focusing on the role of phage-related injection machines found in Bacteroides in the human microbiome. Our group employs microbiology, structural biology, genomics, and bioinformatics, and is equipped with access to state-of-the-art facilities including cryo-EM, CRISPR-Cas gene editing technology, and advanced biophysical methods.

We Offer:

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. As doctoral student you are both admitted as a student and an employee which gives additional benefits. Read more about being admitted and employed at university website. Read more ab out being employed at Lund university Work with us.

The team offers:

  • A stimulating research environment at Lund University, with opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
  • Access to high-end instrumentation and cutting-edge facilities. 
  •  People-first approach where we prioritize the well-being, development, and satisfaction of our team members, fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace.

Work duties and responsibilities 

As a doctoral student, you will:

  • Conduct research and experiments as outlined in the project description.
  • Develop assays and workflows for recombineering, sequencing and/or cell transport assays.
  • Analyze data and publish results in scientific journals.
  • Participate in group meetings and collaborate with team members.
  • Possibly engage in supervision/teaching and other departmental duties up to 15% of your time.


Expertise: Required

  •  A master’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field.
  •  Experience with molecular cloning, gene editing (e.g., CRISPR-Cas), and microbiological techniques.
  •  Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  •  Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  •  Kindness, empathy, and a collaborative spirit, as we believe character is as important as technical skills.


  •  Experience with structural biology techniques such as cryo-EM or cryo-ET.
  •  Knowledge of bioinformatics tools and protein folding predictions.
  •  Previous research experience in microbiome studies or pathogen interactions.
  •  Skills working with other model systems e.g., Drosophila, beetle systems
  •  Experience working with toxin proteins
  •  Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A positive attitude, open-mindedness, and the ability to support and uplift team members.

Other information

This is a temporary full time employment for four years. Desired start date is October first or according to agreement. 

How to apply 

You apply for the position via the University’s recruitment system. The application is to include a personal letter describing how you meet the qualification requirements and why you are interested in the position. The application is also to include a CV with a copy of your degree and any other documents to which you wish to draw attention (copies of degree certificates, grade transcripts, details of referees, letters of recommendation, etc.)

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.


Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2024-10-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/1983
  • Sofia Sönnerstedt. HR Partner , +46462229876
  • Eva Maria Redbrova, Associate Reseracher, eva_maria.rebrova@med.lu.se
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, kansli@saco-s.lu.se
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 04.Jun.2024
Last application date 25.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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